Campus life

Student Leadership Institute


Aligned with the Whitefield Academy mission, the Student Leadership Institute engages members of the Whitefield community in creating and sustaining a culture of lifelong leadership development, training, and education. SLI seeks to empower students to become everyday leaders by facilitating and encouraging opportunities for co-curricular learning, intentional engagement, self-reflection, and skill development. SLI advisors utilize the Habitudes Training Program created by Growing Leaders Inc. This program provides a platform for the advisors to engage with the student leaders and equip them for life in the community. The Student Leadership Institute believes in developing visionary, goal-driven, and action-oriented student leaders who put others ahead of self. Through this relational experience, our student-leaders at Whitefield are seeking to become transformational leaders in the community and beyond.


The Student Leadership Institute consists of five student-led academies: Peer Leadership Mentoring (PLM), Student Government, Student Athletic Leadership Team (SALT), Hands and Feet Academy (Service), and the Missions Team Committee (MTC). All five academies are led by two faculty advisors who seek to engage with student leaders each week. Each academy meets during Flex Time on every Tuesday and some Fridays. The following is a brief description of the five leadership academies:


Hands and Feet Service Academy

Aligned with Whitefield’s mission, Hands and Feet is a group of faith-driven students who seek to serve, and organize service, in the Whitefield community and beyond. In partnership with local ministries, non-profits, school systems, and churches, Hands and Feet allows Whitefield Upper School students to plan, prepare, seek, and participate in service to bring glory to Jesus Christ. This academy’s major priorities are to organize and promote service opportunities for Whitefield students to serve the Greater Atlanta community, track and calculate student service hours, and live out “others ahead of self”.

Advisors: Caroline Kraehe and Jesse Holthus


Student Athletic Leadership Team

Student Athletic Leadership Team allows the athletic department the opportunity to develop the hearts and minds of our student-athletes. Whitefield’s SALT program will ensure our student leaders proper training and development through a transformational approach. SALT equips our student-athletes for leadership with their teams and activities on campus and beyond. All student leaders will participate in weekly lessons during  Flex Time in order to develop relationships and train and develop skills for leading. Student leaders will be given the opportunity to speak into athletic department policy and initiatives.

Advisors: Ann Barnett and David Watson


Missions Team Committee

The purpose of the Missions Team Committee is to support global and local missions in a healthy way while fostering leadership qualities in our students. Our MTC student leaders will play a large role in the planning, preparing and equipping of our missions teams. Students will meet weekly during Tuesday Flextime to receive training from its faculty advisors in the Habitudes curriculum. Members will also work together to assess our current missions program and create, design, and develop more opportunities for our Whitefield community. The committee will take part in the decision making process of the local and international summer and J-Term trips, and create a year-long system of training short-term missionaries so that our groups are “mission-minded” and prepared for service.

Advisors: Jessica Christ and Anna Long


Peer Leadership Mentoring

Aligned with Whitefield’s mission, Peer Leadership Mentoring (PLM) supports and eases students’ successful transitions into high school by tapping into the power of older students to create a nurturing environment for incoming students. PLM ensures our senior student leaders effective training and development to provide beneficial support for our freshmen students. Our student peer leaders will attend a summer at school retreat in order to build relationships, train, and develop skills for leading. In order for this program to be successful, senior peer leaders must demonstrate a strong commitment. Every Tuesday Flextime, peer leaders and their mentees will take part in the various activities inside or outside the school building. Applications for PLM will include several questions, one student recommendation, and three teacher recommendations. All prospective leaders will be interviewed by the faculty advisors.

Advisors: Rebecca Brown and Jeff Peeples


Student Government

Student Government exists to foster mature, responsible student leadership at Whitefield. The goal of Student Government is to serve as the sounding board for the student body and to cultivate positive, authentic WolfPack spirit. Student Government will consist of an executive board of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and two grade reps (one male, one female), whom are elected by the student body with faculty approval. This executive board will oversee the following committees, which are open to broad involvement from the student body: public relations, special events, and spirit. In addition to Habitudes training, the executive board meetings will serve as planning for committee meetings. During weekly committee meetings, executive board officers will apply their leadership development training to facilitate committee meetings. Student Government exec board officers are encouraged to take initiative for planning student life events, listening to the student body, and voicing student concerns to the administration. In every aspect of their job, Student Government exec board officers should take ownership of their responsibilities and demonstrate high character at all times.

Advisors: Tracy Blunier and Kelly Jones